At yoga this week, as we were preparing for class, the lady in front of me was fidgeting and straightening out her mat and our yoga instructor jokingly said something along the lines of, “make peace with the crooked path.”
Although my yoga teacher does try to offer something insightful for us to ponder during our exercise, this time he was just being silly and making a joke. Yet, I couldn’t stop thinking about it. Isn’t it funny when and where something strikes us? The words had set off a light bulb in my mind: “Make peace with the crooked path.”
This obviously struck a cord within me for a reason. The truth is, my personality doesn’t have time or grace for crooked paths. I don’t like crooked anything. Order, efficiency and things being done right the first time will save the day! You can keep the crooked path; I have things to do.
Oh, but wait. I’ve known the crooked path all too well. My life has had a few bends and twists in the plot line. I’ve wander where I shouldn’t. Sometimes it was my own doing, other times it was the circumstances surrounding my life. But, always, the crooked path was a place of confusion and uncertainty.
Should I override my personality and natural instinct and make peace with it? Was I missing something here? Did I need to embrace the crooked path and all it’s imperfections?
I thought the answer was yes. I thought of all the phrases like “it’s all about the journey” or “as long as it all turns out ok in the end” and other such sayings.
Then I remembered what the Bible says about our steps and our path.
In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make your paths straight.
You show me the path of life. In your presence, there is fullness of joy.
Teach me your way, O Lord; lead me in a straight path…
The realization that I came to is that there are no crooked paths with God. The path is only crooked when we’re not walking with God. Otherwise, our steps are perfectly numbered. The Bible makes it pretty clear about crooked paths and peace. They don’t exist together.
They don’t know where to find peace or what it means to be just and good. They have mapped out crooked roads, and no one who follows them knows a moment’s peace.
So, we can keep all our “warm-fuzzies” about crooked paths at yoga class, because the Bible isn’t pulling any punches here. Crooked paths are not the way of God.
And yet, even if the way seems crooked, He can use it for our good.
And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.
Our path is straight, even if it might feel crooked at times, when we walk with God. We can have peace only because of God.
To which I say: Onward!